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How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?

How is Your Comprehensive High School Record Looking?
Thank you for all your help in preparing Johanna's Comprehensive High School Record. The completed document look great!  It was well received by the University. The Admissions Department and several Faculty members commented on how thorough the document was. As a result, it was suggested that Johanna apply to the Honours Program, which includes an additional scholarship. I have learned much and have begun to work on our other daughter's transcripts and records in order to...
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BibleMesh: Interactive Bible Lessons for the Visual Learner

BibleMesh: Interactive Bible Lessons for the Visual Learner
   Recently, Office Manager Stephanie and her 15-year-old daughter, Caitlin, were given the opportunity to review a wonderful new Bible study curriculum from Bible Mesh.   And, they loved it! Bible Mesh is an interactive and visual way to connect to scripture and the history of God's creation. Through videos, articles, and maps, you and your family can study the Biblical story from Genesis to Revelation. Whether you choose to use their lessons as a stand-alone curriculum or as...
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The Problem with Parent Partnership Program

The Problem with Parent Partnership Program
 This is the time of year when that Parent Partnership Program seems much less helpful.  Extra requirements pop up, and kids can fall behind or become bored.  Feel free to homeschool independently next year.  There really IS an easier way! Parent partnership and alternative education programs see homeschoolers as a source of income. When we use their programs, they get money. Some programs get money directly from us, other programs get money on our behalf sent...
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Guest — Dianne
I had the same experience with a local ppp. The people were lovely, but I was paying them monthly and felt like I was still doing ... Read More
Friday, 30 March 2012 10:56
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Homeschool is the Best Preparation

Homeschool is the Best Preparation
   Homeschooling high school is the best preparation for both life and school. Homeschooling provides the best academic preparation—it’s no secret that homeschoolers have higher academic achievement, no matter the level of education of the parent. They have better test scores, regardless of the gender and race of the child and regardless of their financial situations. No matter your income, as a homeschool parent you will produce a better-educated child. That does not necessarily mean that...
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Encourage Delight-directed Learning

Encourage Delight-directed Learning
Delight-directed learning is all about fostering the love of learning in our children, creating lifelong learners who can adapt to any situation. This style of learning has many benefits for both you and your children: it can improve cooperation with your teenagers, and reduce burnout when they are more involved in what they do. It can make learning more meaningful to your children, because information makes more sense when applied to something they care about. Delight-directed...
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Guest — Heidi
Thanks for sharing this today, Lee - it's just what I needed to read. Due to some of the issues that I had earlier this year, I'... Read More
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 05:50
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I Quit! Withdrawing from School Mid-Year

I Quit! Withdrawing from School Mid-Year
  Spring is a time when many parents reassess their school plans.  As they look objectively at the situation, some will decide that they've had it, enough is enough, they can't take it anymore, damage is being done, and now is the time to withdraw their student from public school.Homeschool by itself is not terribly difficult, but it can be stressful to figure out what do with with a student who stops attending public or private school. ...
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Use The Boy Scout Motto

Use The Boy Scout Motto
One of the best pieces of homeschool advice I could ever give you is the Boy Scout Motto:  Be Prepared! A homeschool friend of mine was convinced that her child was going to be an auto mechanic. Her husband had mechanical inclinations, and her child brought home little stray engines. She didn’t worry much about math and he just did it when he felt like it.  When he turned eighteen years old, he decided he wanted...
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10 More Reasons to Homeschool

10 More Reasons to Homeschool
   This past month, I felt shocked on a daily basis when I read the newspaper and saw the evening news.  So many stories seemed to include public schools. We all have MANY reasons to homeschool, of course.  But let's take a quick tour of the news this past month, and count 10 more reasons to homeschool. 1. School violence Ohio shootings the latest in deadly month for schools Deadly month for nation's schools2. Nutrition  Pink...
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Guest — Lee
Lois, I agree, it was a very interesting study in different cultural norms Blessings, Lee... Read More
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:37
Guest — Lois
Lee, I was curious about the violent math problems from the homeschool web site. I went over there, and the man who created the wo... Read More
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 06:57
Guest — Ann
I wonder if the "violent math problems" website for homeschoolers and others wasn't thrown out there by someone whose purpose was ... Read More
Sunday, 25 March 2012 17:51
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 2
 Always at Their LevelAs you choose curriculum for your high school student, it’s important to always teach them at their level, for every subject, all the time. One of the reasons why public schools and classroom settings have such a hard time educating kids is that they look at a student’s age and then put them in an age-based course with no regard to ability. Just because your child is 14 or 15 does not mean...
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I'm not a college professor, nor is my older student mature enough for campus life. However, we have a wonderful resource called ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 17:56
Guest — Tracey
Lee, This is SO true~ I have found over the years of teaching my boys who are now 15 and 13 that it is even more important to not ... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:54
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Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1

Keys to Choosing High School Curriculum Part 1
 When thinking about curriculum for your high school student, you want to do what works--whatever you have been doing through elementary and junior high-- if it’s working, keep doing it. If the curriculum is working, keep using those curriculum choices.At high school level, it helps to make sure you’re using a curriculum that is made for homeschoolers. If you have to teach a subject you’re not familiar with, buy a curriculum that is meant for homeschoolers. ...
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Guest — Lee
Thank you, Kristine! Blessings, Lee
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:52
Guest — Kristine
Perfect timing! With one soon to be 12th grader, and one soon to be 9th grader, I'm surprised at how different their high school p... Read More
Tuesday, 20 March 2012 09:30
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Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process

Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for the College Application Process
Sharon asked me about  how she should plan ahead for the college application process.  She didn't want to miss a huge piece and make any huge mistakes.  Is this a question you have too? I hope this video post can help you both.   Get a Free 20 minute weekly phone consultation with me as part of your Gold Care Club membership. http://www.thehomescholar.com/gold-care.php
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Time to Go College Visiting

Time to Go College Visiting
 Time to Go College VisitingWhen you visit a college campus with your high school student, you will likely be given the opportunity to visit a classroom and take a campus tour.  These are great opportunities—don’t miss them!  Choose a class that interests your student, or a general freshman level class to see what the first year of college will be like.  Throughout these activities, you and your student should be taking notes.  Write down the details...
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Planning High School Courses: Part Two

Planning High School Courses: Part Two
Planning High School Courses: Part Two In this second half of planning high school courses for college preparation, we’ll consider what’s needed in the areas of Math, foreign language, PE, and electives.MathMath is such a cornerstone for other subjects, careers, and college majors that I believe it’s important to have four years of math. Most colleges want at least 3 years, and many want 4 years of math. They like to see kids moving forward in...
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Guest — J W
That's clear, thanks! I prefer teaching grammar in the context of the child's own writing because there's *so much* the child alr... Read More
Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Joelle! Latin Road provide the grammar and vocabulary of a high school English class. You still need to cover reading and wr... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 10:10
Guest — J W
My daughter and I are learning Latin side by side. We pretend we're taking a college course together, so I show her how to label ... Read More
Wednesday, 14 March 2012 07:10
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Planning High School Courses: Part One

Planning High School Courses: Part One
Planning High School Courses: Part One As a homeschool parent, you know how to educate your children best. You use what you know about your students and their learning styles, and make sure to cover a wide range of academic areas. But when it comes to homeschooling high school, sometimes parents become paralyzed over how to choose courses. What are the subjects that colleges want to see on a high school transcript? How many credits are...
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The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha

The Total Transcript Solution Loved in Omaha
I recently did a webinar for Omaha Homeschool Learning Center.  Their group organizer created a long comparison chart describing the differences between four homeschool transcript products.  Watch this video to hear him describe the highlights.  He compares the four major transcript products (Transcripts Made Easy, Total Transcript Solution, Transcript Boot Camp, and TranscriptPro) in the areas of information, support and tools. Guess which one was the clear winner!? To see his review for yourself, including all...
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Guest — J W
WOO HOO! Congratulations!
Sunday, 11 March 2012 15:08
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